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SUCCESS WITH POULTRY.
Those people who do not have good success In hatching eggs under hens, usually will not do much lietter with the incubator. They may be divided Into two dosses, one that Is careless and neglectful, and the other that Is altogether too fussy, who wants to bo stirring the hen, or feeding her. or handling the eggs three or four times a day. For either of these to succeed with tho Incubator there must tio a thorough reformation; a deter mination to follow tho instructions given exactly, and do no more and no less than Is explicitly laid down, and to do it by tho clock. This can be done, of course, but how many can or will settle down to those rules? DEEP PLOWING Wo used to -believe In what we read when young about the value of plow ing deep to bring up the fertility that had leached down through the surface soil Into the subsoil. Our opinion was changed when we tested the deep plow ing upon a held with a clay subsoil that wo planted with corn. Later ex periments have more thoroughly con vinced us that deep plowing, by which wo mean a depth of more than tour to six Inches, is seldom beneficial In this climate, whatever It may be In other sections of the country. The crops like corn, that like to spread their roots near tho surface where the soil is warmed by the sun, certainly do not need to have the earth stirred very deeply for them, while those that send their roots down Into the subsoil, ns onions, clover beets, etc., can do so almost through the hardest subsoil or anything excepting a gravel In which there is no moisture.—The Cultivator. A BEE NOTIC. When a hundredth part of an Inch is mentioned the measure is consider ed hut trivial and of little consequence, but scientists have figured that if the bee, whose tongue—the extractor of sweetness from Urn flowers- —is hut one-twenty-flfth of an Inch in length, is impabla of obtaining a plentiful store of honey, Hun a bee with a lon ger tongue must nueesaorily gather more sweetness. Clever beekeepers, by selecting only those hecs with naturally long tongues, have succeeded In lengthening the tongues of a number of bee colonies a hundredth of nn Inch. It does noi sound much, but it enables these In sects In do a quarter us ranch work again In the game time. Mnu lias don • morn than this for the bees. He has glvi n them ready homes whore they are safe from wasps and other enemies: frames for making their combs without using large quan tities of wax for outside walla, and food during flowerlesa weather. He has also brought them to Amerlea where there Is an abundance of honey bearing flowers. MARKETING BERRIES. Picking la a very Important part of the business. Women make the host pickers; too many young pickers have too much fun. It Is always beat to have a certain number of bands by the day. so they will always be on hand. A picking shod must have been pro vided, with suitable shelves and plenty of carriers. I prefer eight-quart car riers without legs. A supply of boxes should bo on hand, with plenty of .crates. If the fruit is sold In nearby towns, most of the crates can be re turned; and with a machine for malt ing boxes we prefer them fresh made, •only one day old. Most growers pre fer to have them made up ahead. Never ship red or purple berries in quart boxes. If ll Is possible, do not pick while the fruit Is wet. Distant markets must lie sought, night refrigerator cars must he had, and everything arranged ahead. In every shipping centre, fruit associa tions should he organized to handle the fruit. A great deal of fruit is consumed in every town. The nearer It is picked, handled and sold the bel ter the profits. The marketing Is a trade by itself. The home supply for the family and the home surplus Is easily cared for. In every fruit cen tre there should be a tanning factory and facilities for drying the surplus George J, Kellogg, in New England Homestead. NURSERY TREE PROTECTION. Nurserymen should find it to their interest to protect their buyers of trees from introducing inferior stock of infected stock on their farms, and 1 have found that the honest nursery men who try to do this Invariably get the best trade. Farmers and fruit growers should co-operate in trying to drive out of business, by neglecting them, those who deal in diseased slock or Inferior grades, a good many 01 the Stale legislators are passing law , now making it necessary for all nur serymen to register, and then to have their stoek examined, in this way It Is hoped to prevent the spread of noxious lusoets, blights and other tree mid vine diseases. Some states are lax in this respect, and the trees sold In those Slates should be examined critically by buy ers. The fact Is, more harm has been done to the fruit business by Irrespon sible nurserymen than most of us Im agine. It was a common practice a few years ago for such men to offer nursery stock that were not according to the variety advertised, but the pur chaser could not toll Hits until sev eral years had elapsed after planting. When a fruit grower buys a certain variety of apple, peach, pear or plum tree It Is exasperating to find that he has a totally different variety several years later. Not every purchaser is supposed to he able to distinguish one variety from another just by ex amining the stock. Therefore he must depend upon the honesty of the nurseryman. It Is not sufficient to be told that the trees will be replaced at hall price or at no cost, it is the time lost in raising the trees than can bo made up. Wo should pimply drop from our business list alt such nur serymen.—9. W. Chambers, In Ameri can Cultivator. THE STRAWBERRY PATCH. As soon as the last strawberries of the first crqp arc gone, go through the patch and cut both tops and run ners from the central rows, that Is from the plants occupying the rows as they were first marked out; cut to within three Inches of the crowns. A few days later remove the straw and cultivate as deep as possible, cutting all plants outside the row. The shaping of'the row can be done to good advantage by using a lever plow drawn t|r ess horse. Turn a furrow about two Inchon deep throwing the soil from tho plans. After this use the double shovel or cultivator on th middles and level them up nicely. Now give the row a thorough hoeing, and where tho stand of plants is perfect chop out the mother plant—the one that was planted the previous spring. In a few weeks you will have plenty of young runners, and probably plenty of weeds too. Give a second cultiva tion, and lay six or eight runners from each plant as you did the previous sea son. If there is an excess of runners clip them off. Should further cultiva tlon tie found necessary to seep down the weeds give It; but do not stir the the soil very deep after August. When winter comes put the old mulch hack between the rows and cover the plants with a little fresh straw. Follow this plan of cultivation the third season, and where the land Is not "strawberry sick,” It may be kept up for a longer period, although I should not like to risk It without starting anew bed once In four years. These directions are for the care of berries grown by the “compromise method" described In my former article, but will answer for a plantation under hill culture, except that there Is no need for the use of the level plow and no laying of plants, since runners must be kept off. But as this latter system affords no opportunity for renewing tho bed by starting fresh plants, the bed should not be expected to bear more than three crops.—L, 1,., In Agricul tural Epltomlst. THE BEST IMPLEMENTS. Do not make a mistake, as some do, of becoming wedded to a tool to such an extent that you can't sec the good points in any other, no matter how meritorious It may be, or can’t appre ciate a better thing when you see it. This Is an ago of constant Improve ment, so try some of the new things you see and hold on to that which Is best. Don't start in to work wltb a ppor working plow. The best plows for general use are those with rather short moldboard (hat will break the soil up and pulverize It to a consider able extent as the ground Is turned, and that leaves the soil turned in not too flat a condition. The harrow can then do its work of pulverizing much bettor than If the ground Is turned completely upside down. Wo need then a good, sharp smoothing harrow, and drag to put most soils in first-class condition for spring planting, ((ats should ho sown early and It doesn't ordinarily pay to wait to break up the laud. Here we need a good disk harrow. Two disk lugs. one at right angles to the other will put tho oats, sown broadcast. In the ground In good shape. Many far mers think that when oat grohnd la broken with tho turning plow, It is easier to turn the oat stubble for wheat, but I doubt this very much, If the laud Is thoroughly disked. After Hie early spring rains tho soil usually gets packed down hard, con sequently the Orst cultivation of the corn crop should be deep to pulverize Hie soil again. For this purpose wo need a good bull-tongue cultivator that can be spread out to cover the whole space between two rows at one time cuu be used. I prefer a spring-tooth cultivator for this after cultivation, lor laying by the crop. On clay lands wcoders don't pulverize the ground deep enough to suit me. They will do in dry weather, or after the ground bus been stirred with a deeper run ning tool. Corn will probably bo tho best paying crop for farmers of tho Ohio valley to grow the coming season, so be prepared to do your work wed by getting the very best implements to begin with.—VV. W. Stevens, In American Agriculturist. Bee Stingo For Rheumatism. The euro of rheumatism by boo stings, nn old and, as It was supposed, exploded remedy, is being exploited again In some parts of the east. It should be used with great earn and discrimination. The Phjlldelphla ledger relates that one William Snlvcly, an old farmer of Shady Grove, Pa„ who has lost the use of hts arms by rheumatism, was stung by bees and ran from them so fast that ho discovered he had left rheumatism bo 111ii<i. I hereupon he made much boast ot the bee cure, heurirg which •me Carl Aprogle, also u rheumatic victim, decided to try it. So convin ced was he of Its efficacy that ho In vited his neighbors to witness the cure. He made the experiment (lad only In a long thin robe, hobbled up to the hives on hls crutches and up set two of them. Instantly the hoes began to apply the remedy with all the Industry characteristic of the Insect, and probably would have improved a whole shining hour had it not been that Aprogle yelled most lustily for help. As he was unable to run away some of hls neighbors came to hls re lief by lasooing him and dragging him away from the Infuriated bees. The unfortunate man has such a beautiful ease of bee stings that It may ho some time before ho knows whether ho has been cured ot rheumatism. It may turn cut that what is one man’s euro •r. another man's poison.—Chicago Tribune. Pistols Rented For Ten Years. Dealers throughout tho State have hit upon an Ingenious way of evading tho new pistol law which went Into ef fect on July 1. By a recent act of tho Legislature It Is against the law to sell or offer for sale a pistol leas than twenty Inches In length or of weight less than three pounds, which meant In the original purpose the non sale of the firearm. Hut dealers have taken advantage of tho fact that tho statute says nothing con cerning tho leasing of a pistol to any one who may ho desirous of posses sing the weapon. Tho following ad vertisement appears in one of tho papers of Spartanburg; "The new pistol law prohibits tho sale of pistols. Call at my store and I will rent you one for any length of time." Tho time for which a weapon Is leased or rented Is ten years, which amounts to practically a sale. A pistol worth $8 Is transferred to the leasee for eight' years. There seems to boa consciousness on the part of tho buyer (hat the pistol Is not to he retransferred even at the expiration of the lease, and that the transaction settles tho matter. Number of Draught Animate In the World. A French authority estimates tho number of horsee in the world at 74,- tioo.oob, and the number of mules and asses at 12,100,000. Despite the Inroads of the automobile, there Is an unusual demand for draught animals and tho prices are high. The highest temperature yet reach ed by man Is found in tho burning of powdered aluminum with some sub stance rich In oxygen- 3g2£#LAPiES THE SUNBURNED FACET. The great temptation after exposure to the heat and the probabilities of sunburn Is to wash the face. Water acts like a mordant to set the dye of the sunburn. The complexion that" possibly might have escaped with faint redness becomes scarlet and even blistered after washing. Wipe the fare gently with cold cream or with ordinary sweet cream, and tho effects of the sunburn will soon pass away. THE KISSING BRACELET. By the way, talking of bracelets, have you heard of the kinking bracelet, which has been very popular Indeed with the women on the statge, and Is growing In popularity with the women In private life? The hissing of the hand of women has Increased a good deal on the stage of late, owing no doubt, to the enormous increase In "costume pieces" in what that term of salutation Is a necessity. Many people kiss the bracelet, which has thus got Its name. The kissing brace let really is a narrow thin gold chain from whlph a medallion of some sort Is suspended, and It Is by no means Impossible that the medallion may be regarded ns a sort of memento of the salutation with the lips. A TRUE GENTLEWOMAN Should never treat those whose posi tion la beneath her's scornfully: nothing shows good breeding more than unvarying courtesy to Inferiors. Should never mistake rudeness for wit, nor mako nuklnd Jests about faults and failings In others. Should never omit to pay proper re spect to those older than herself, whose ago demands consideration from all. Should never dross In such fashion os to attract remark; quiet, tasteful dress Is a sure sign of a ladylike mind. Should never laugh or talk loudly when In public places, which behavior draws attention and comment, such os a true lady would be the last to desire.—New York Times. EMBROIDERY TRIMMING. Embroidery forms an Important decoration for linen ns well as pon gee gowns, and If one be clover wlia the needle elaborate results can be ac complished without the usual expense attached to that exhibited in the shops. The smartest shirt waists arc made of line, lustrous linen, and nlSb of coarse canvas, with the fronts, collar ami waistbands embroidered In contrast ing colors, the soft dull blues, pinks, green anils rods being effectively asso ciated. says the Delineator. The em broidered waist patterns are among the season's novelties. Linen passe menterie frogs In white and colors offer a pretty suggestion for tho clos ing of smart linen and pique shirt waists, and buckles covered with linen are used on the linen belts which are worn with such good effect wtih these waists. Wash braids in white and dainty colors swell tho list of trimmings tor linen gowns and shirt waists, and many nleaslng results can bo accom plished by a clever disposition of this braid, which adapts Itself to any de sign or pattern; Us wearing qualities are excellent. A MEANINGLESS THING. Critics allege that the modern Eng lish woman's smile is fast becoming a meaningless thing from over and in discriminate use, says the London Graphic. There Is some truth In the statement, for, when one comes to think of It. almost any remark one makes to the merest acquaintance, even on a first introduction, is met by a smile. There Is no mirth in it— It Is only a muscular movement made seemingly, to show polite Interest. It reminds one of the Japanese woman who must always smile, even in deep est sorrow or distress of mind, and who must never on any account show a depressed countenance in public, or even In the family circle, should she bo addressed by a relative to whom she owes respect. The effort to Imitate the vivacity of our American sisters Is supposed to be at the root of the continual smile to bo scon on the countenances of mod ern women, but a smile alone will never make a countenance pleasing, unless It expresses some lively Inter est or feeling. Too many sweets cloy the appetite, and smiles always In evi dence become valueless and unmean ing, Repose is needed nowadays In nearly every direction, and nowhere more than on the faces of women. PREFERS CONVERSATION. Queen Alexandra differs In one In teresting respect from the late mon arch In that she takes little pleasure In having books and newspapers read aloud In her hearing. Queen Victoria was herself a practiced elocution I t. and she often gave kindly bints to her young maids. Her lute Majesty in sisted, first of all, upon the clear pro nunciation of every consonant, and the clipping of the final letters of words was repugnant to her keen sense of hearing. Sometimes a reader would fancy that her royal hearer was dropping off to sleep, but woo betide her If she took advantage of this supposition to relax lu her task. The Queen used to sit for an hour with the eyelids closed for the purpose of resting tho eyes. But now and again she would Inter polate a word of appreciation, and It often happened that the reading was broken off for an interesting chat upon the sentiments of the book. It was usual for a chapter to be finished at every reading, and before the next chapter was begun on the following clay It might become necessary for the reader to give her mistress n sum mary of tho preceding chapters, In order to refresh her memory. Since the elevation of Queen Alex andra to this supreme place this epi sode In the dally life of the Court has vanished utterly. Queen Alexandra delights more In conversation than being read to, and she engages In a chat with a charming eagerness to learn the opinions of her intimates, so that to he Included among her guests after dinner, when she desires the privacy of her own apartments, Is a very real, pleasure to the fortun ate girls who receive invitations to accompany her. THE NEW AGRICULTURE. Women visitors at the commence ment exercises of the Brlardlff Agri cultural School wore specially Inter ested In the plans of the feminine con tingent among the pupils. The 'one woman In the graduating class, Miss Barker, plans to start a greenhouse at her home in Auburn, N. Y. Two lto from Omaha have a two-thous and acre ranch a few miles from that city, which they propose to cultivate. They intend to make a specialty of celery, the cultivation of which Is .a growing Nebraska industry. One young woman, who had been taking a course In landscape gardening, left before commencement day to help lay out grounds on Staten Island. Two others are going to have greenhouses. One young woman Is going to put SIO,OOO into a fruit farm somewhere near Philadelphia. "I want something,” she said, "that will not keep me tied down all the year, as dairying, stock or poultry would. I don’t expect nor care to make a groat deal of money. I Just want my place to be self-supporting and bring mo In enough money for current expenses. It Is necessary for me to bn near Philadelphia, which limits me In my choice of fruit, as I must plant the varieties adapted to the soil. I shall plant dwarf trees, as they produce equally and are much easier to care for. Then I shall raise Small fruits, selling through commis sion houses. If I can get Just the right kind of help I may cater for special customers direct. The work? Oh! I don’t expect to do any manual labor myself unless I feel like It. I shall know how It all ought to be done when I leave this school, and then I shall pay a man to do It. So long as wo know how to manage the cultiva tion wo don’t have to operate It here unless we wish. Some of the boys here have not done as much actual farm work as the girls. They demon strated their ability to do It, and that was enough. “Yes,” she continued, reflectively, "I think women are going to take the new agriculture, especially women of some means, who can own their own homes and want an object in life, and find It necessary or agreeable to add something to their Incomes. Of course individual adaptation to the work Is of no account In the new agriculture without the technical training re quired to farm successfully to-dny. But given this training, and farming is In Its nature only an extension of housekeeping. The farmer's wife al ways ran the dairy, the poultry yard and the vegetable garden as naturally and unqucstionlngly, according to the old methods, as she did her kitchen and dining-room. She knew about strawberries and blackcaps Just as she did about dahlias and gross pinks. Frequently the only ready money that came Into her hands was from the butter and eggs. There Is no mkrkod line of difference between housework and farm work, and it will boa great deal easier for the average woman to bo successful with the new agriculture than with half the things which she is doing or trying to do to-day, which are foreign to the instincts and inbred traditions of the sex.”—New York Tribune. FASHION NOTKS, Toques are built up of plateaux, the edges of which rest on a folded brim, A pretty tulle veiling has small stare at the angles of the fine threaded plaids running through It. In the coats for fall wear the sleeves are much smaller than they have been. A felt hat which shows the popular bright green has Uie crown of the green, the rim white, and the narrow binding on the edge of green. About the smartest thing In the way of snow-white sea-lion lined with white moire silk, and fastening with a* gilt or black buckle. Different colored stones surrounded wth diamonds are considered the real thing In the way of shirt waist sets. As far ns possible no two stones aro alike. The emerald-green suede wrist bags, with elaborate mountings In all met als. and having long, heavy chains, are still holding their own. A pretty blue and white parasol has a body of dark blue, with satin stripes an Inch wide of white and blue. The border 1s a half an Inch wldtfof white and blue. Brocaded effects In cotton fabrics and mohairs will be among the fall novelties. Sheer white lawn is the fabric of a shirt waist which Is given a touch of color by having inserted between clus ters of fine tucks very narrow bands of blue lawn held together with white fagoting. The stock and tie are made to match. Aftermath of a Depew Joke. While Senator Patterson was talk ing the Republican Senators fled to their committee rooms and to the cloak rooms. Loud shouts of laugh ter were hoard In the corridor back of the Republican cloakroom. This is one of the stories told: Some time ago Mark Twain and Senator Depew wont to England on the same steamer. When they were four days out a concert and banquet were arranged and Twain and Depcw wore put down for speeches At the proper time Mark Twain was Intro duced and talked for twenty minutes, making a typical Mark Twain speech. Then It was Uopew’s turn. He arose •and said: "Ladles and gentlemen: Mr. Clemens and I had an agreement that we should write out speeches and ex change them. He has Just made my speech, hut unfortunately, I have lost his manuscript and have forgotten his speech.” Senator Depcw down and the people present roared with laughter at the joke. Murk Twain had noth ing to say. Next morning an Englishman met Mark Twain on the promenade deck. “I say, Mr. Clemens,” the English man said. “I have always beard that Senator Dcpew was a remarkably clover man, but I have changed my opinion. What wretched drivel of his that was you were compelled to re cite last night.”—Washington Post, Looking at the Ground. A majority of men when walking In tho street look at the sidewalk. I do not refer to mashers, whose eyes wan der in tho direction of every petti coat that swishes along. They are not men. The Inclination downward of tho eye of the average pedestrian in Broadway is owing to tho indisput able fact that to catch the eye of one coming in an opposite direction Is to run Into him. Try it on your wheel, oh, bicyclist! Does not the machine follow your glance? Yea, verily, y Is the same with pedestrians ns with wheelmen. When two men dance be fore each other, each anxious to make room for his brother, and both going wrong at every step until a truce or parley is had, you may set It down that they have caught each other's eye Just prior to thf contact. To navigate Broadway safely gaze down, with side glances, and appear as If you did not know tho sidewalk was occupied. Every one will get out of your way.—New York Press, qp APPLE PIES. Here are apple pies and tarU, Made while mother's out of town; Won’t she be surprised to see Such a row so swoet and brown? When she left I heard her say, "How I wish I’d baked some pies. But I hadn’t time to-day." Won’t she open wide hor eyes? Baldwin apples from the tree Just behind the spring house door, Pared and sliced; I’m sure I left Not a single raltc of core. Then I stewed them, beat them through The colander; I didn't waste A grain of sugar, and stirred in Orated lemon peel to taste. Did you ever roll the dough? I have often, rolled one way; Mother says 'tls nicer so; It’s always best as mothers say. And the oven was so hot; Our stove has been —revised — No, I’m sure that’s not the word — Won’t she be surprised? —Washington Star. SPEED OF DOGS. Greyhounds are the swiftest dogs known, and scientists say that they are the swiftest of all four-footed ani mals. Trained hounds can travel at the rote of eighteen to twenty-three yards a second, which Is about the speed attained by a carrier pigeon. ThesO dogs are bred for speed alone. Every other consideration is lost sight of, and only the machinery that makes for motion and endurance is cultivated. Foxhounds arc also very fast trav elers, going at the rate of nearly eigh teen yards a second. M. Dusoller, the noted Frehch scientist, has pointed out In his statistics on the speed of ani mals that Ittlo fox terriers trotting along with their masters who are driv ing or riding a bicycle cover mile after mile without a touch of fatigue or dis tress. Many animals akin to dogs show even greater endurance. A wolf can travel fifty or sixty miles In a night, and be ready for a similar Journey the following night. A BOAT CAMP. Many boys who own boats would like to go oft on ramping-out trips of two or three days' duration along some river or pond shore, but have no tent, perhaps, In which to spend the nights, or for shelter during showers. Two iron supports are provided, one to set (Irmly in staples In the stern of the lioat, the other to Hi into its sockets of staples In the how. A strip of cloth as long as the boat and wide enough to come well out over each side Is fitted with ropes. The ropo that is fastened along the centre of the strip passes through the eyeholes at the upper ends of both bow and stern supports, and Is carried out to lie attached tautly to small stakes In front and In the rear of the boat. The other lines are drawn out on either side and attached to small stakes. A canopy Is thus formed over the boat that provides a very good shelter indeed. The middle seat can be removed, and a very comfortable bed made In the bottom of the boat, rowboats being almost Invariably wide enough to ac commodate two persons very comfort ably. Such a covering, with the Iron supports, can lie rolled up and packed In a few Inches of space, and can l>c spread above the boat, when hauled up on shore, and secured in five minutes. Such a canopy protects not only the campers, but all the stores that are carried, and has the merit of occupy ing almost no space at all. and of be ing quickly put Into position. It has also the special merit of costing but a trifle—a factor that frequently de termines whether or not a camping out excursion can be undertaken at all. Such a canopy can be made readily at home, the only expense being a trifle for cloth and small ropes and for two Iron supports.—Washington Star. CATS AND WHITE RABBITS, "Cats, for Home reason, do not seem to be very fond of white rabbits," said a man who just made a trip over to Bay St. Louis, “ and I came upon a very striking example of It during my visit over the bay. One of the promi nent families of the popular resort has a pet white rabbit. lie Is the Idol of the family, and really receives more consideration than he would if he were a human being. Someone Is always doing something for him to make life more pleasant, but he Is not spoiled at that, and Is a wonderfully well-oo haved fellow. “The other day the family decided to add a rather pretty and promising kitten to the household. The feline member was several weeks old, being able to get around with considerable agility. He was very playful, and the members of the family naturally con cluded that the kitten would make a good companion for the white rabbit. In a short while rabbit and kitten were thrown together. The rabbit blinked his pink eyes curiously for a few sec onds, and then bracing himself In a dignified, but not unfriendly, attitude, hobbled over toward the kitten, as If bent on assuring the feline that she was welcome. The which she resent ed by drawing' herself up Into a Imw, after cat fashion, and making grim aces of a threatening kind, and spit ting with no small show of violence. The rabbit did not understand this maneuvering, aftd after a meditative survey of the situation hopped toward the kitten again In a more friendly and more playful mood. "The kitten broke out Into a fearful rage, and It was perfectly evident that the rabbit was somewhat alarmed. He made no effort to retreat, however, but hold his ground. The kitten finally scampered back Into the house and dis appeared. The same performance went on for several days, but the rab bit was persistent, and when I left the bay kitten and rabbit were eating (*jt of the same plate and were on the best of terms.” A VARIATION OF PINO PONO. Hugh and Nora had been playing ping pong all that rainy afternoon, and for the last hour each bad been winning every other set. “No fun when we’re so even," grum bled Hugh, laying down his racquet. “That’s because It’s my sot,” laugh ed Nora, tossing the ball over the net with her hand. Hugh hit It on the bound with tUttUttb of his hand and sent it back to Nora, who sent It back so they kept It going till Nora laughed so st.e miss ed her ball. "Girls always spoil a thing by laugh tag,” said Hugh, In mock dlsgOßt. That gave Nora ail Idea. “Here, Hugh; I’ll show you a game with the ping pong balls that Will bar out laughing entirely." "Bet you can’t,” said Hugh. But Nora was always making him regret his bet and his 111-lfumot. She took a pair of salt and pepper shakers from the sldelioard; they were sliver ones, and, therefore, quite heavy; she placed them about a foot apart at tlie end of the long table, and put two more a foot apart at the other end. "Now,” said Nora, "you sit down. In a chair at that end and I will sit hero at this end. Sit so that your chin will lie almut opposite the centre, between the salt and pepper dishes.” Hugh put his chin on the table and rolled his .eyes both ways. "Now. stop fooling,” said Nora, "and blow the ping pong ball through my salt and pepper dishes at my cnpl of the table. If I blow it back through your salt and pepper dishes before It rolls off my end of the table that counts me two points. Oh, I forgot; if yon blow It through this goal first time that counts you one; If I blow It hack without touching It that counts me two; if you blow it back to me without having to pick It up and It goes through my goal again, that counts three, and so on. If you don’t get It through my goal I’ll pick It up and blow it through yours, if I can.” Hugh got a pencil and paper to keep tally, and soon they were puffing out their checks and the light little ball was spinning hack and forth between goals.”—New York Tribune. THE VANITY OP CHICKENS. "Speaking of chickens, do yon know I am Inclined to think the chicken is about the vainest thing there Is In the fowl lino,” said a man who lives In Carrollton and who has made a rather close study' of the feathery tribe, “and I think I have good rea sons for the faith that is in me. We are in the haldt of nslng the expres sion 'as vain as a peafowl.’ The pea fowl Is, of course, very vain. They seem to appreciate the beauty and magnificence of their plumage. They strut around with an infinite sort of pride, and leave no sort of doubt in a person’s mind as to the existence of an tually go crazy if you rob them of their Inordinate vanity. Peafowls will ac tall feathers, and I have observed not a few Instances which substantiate this fact. “But, recurring to chickens, I have found them as a rulo vainer than any other kind of fowl. 1 have a rather Interesting brood at my plaee now, and I have been making a little study of the members of the group. They are now only a few days old. They are not arrived at the pipping stage before they began to display what I may call a pride In the matter of their personal, appearnco. They began to peck at their wings before they had thorough ly dried and within a few hours after they had left the shell. They began to shake themselves somewhat after the fashion of the older chickens when they wallow for a while In the dust. "Chickens, you know, take a dust bath, and then flutter their feathers and shako themselves in order to get rid of the dust. Well, these youngsters, before they had been out of the egg three hours, began to go through these motions. They began to fix themselves up, I may say. They seem to know In stinctively that a chicken ought to ar range Its toilet. Just as other things in the broad kingdom of life, and so they went about the task. The expression ‘As mad as a wot hen’ Is, no doubt, duo to the hen’s displeasure at having her feathers soiled and disarranged by water. What more melancholy spec tacle can one find than the proud rooster whose plumage has been damp ened by a sudden shower? "Yes. chickens are very vain, and they begin to show signs of their van ity early in life. I know of no other fowl that begins primping so early In life as the chicken, and I suppose my experience la about the experience of every other man who has had occasion to observe the conduct of those useful members,” Renting Their Homes. This Is a queer world. Millionaires lease their yachts, lease their game preserves, lease their country palaces and lease their private cars. If you are anxious to hire a furnished house In Now York you will be sur prised to know that many of the rich folk lot their private residences for a song and board at some hotel or restaurant. I have In mind one gen tleman who has a splendidly furnished residence on the upper West Blde which ho lots by the year for 13,000, "Why do you do It?” I asked. Ho replies: "My wife cannot get servants that will remain with us. Wo aro so constantly worried with cooks, maids, butlers and so forth that we have de cided never again to keep house.” Acting on this statement, I went to one of the leading real estate agents of the city and Inquired If It was pos sible to rent a house in such-and-such a neighborhood furnished, etc. Ho was obsequious. Imagine it! The real estate agent acknowledged but one god—4o per cent. He told me that ho had no less than 145 residen ces, all handsomely furnished, which were to be let at sacrificing prices, their owners being unable to obtain servants. A commentary! Ills Idea was that at least they might bo rent ed for enough to balance the board of the family at hotel or restaurant, but on Inquiry I learned that such was not the case. A man who owned a house in Eighty-eighth street, cost ing him $21,000, was renting It for sl,- 700 a year, and his furniture cost him $7,000. One year’s use of that furni ture means Its dissolution.— Victor Smith In the Now York Press, Bismarck’* Boys Were Spanked. Moritz Busch relates In a recent publication that he once saw Bismarck spank his sons Herbert and Bill be cause they had stolon hazelnuts and run away from the forester. “It was not so much on account of the nuts that I punished them/' he afterwards explained, "but because they compel led the old man to follow them through the dense brush; ho seemed to bo much astonished to see mo whipping them.” Busch thereupon asked if governesses or other educat ors of European princes were usual ly allowed to punish them, and Bis marck said they were, Instancing a case where the present Emperor was spanked. The Detroit river la the outlet of the greatest bodies of water in the world aggregating elghty-two thousand square miles of lake. It was seventy-three years ago when the first omnibus was run In London tho route being from Paddington to the Bank. COURAGE 5 S3 —• — ■■■ wn • Goodness and Faithfulness Are Not the Greatest Qualitic aw M _ 5 Atl, nlred by w S By Grace Duffie Boylan. fi OMB one - ot knowing me. has appealed to my judgme 'I ‘'What,” he asks. "Is the greatest virtue a m- " I A )) woman’s eyes?” an M o hu,^9 V—“' I smiled the simplicity of my task. Who e ou id | such a riddle without thinking! But there Is the rub. I i J( ,„ ° lost In the mazes of the question. Kan *° a|B The gr'eateat virtue that a man can have In the eyes of a W( , i Goodness? It Is a hollow word. And generally fits Itself* to - damp-handed hypocrite, who has no more right to wear It than *° m " and merry Bohemian, who has to bear the brand of wlokedni ss ma,lJ * Temperance? Charity? Palthfnlndss? They are virtues but | can make a character to stand alone. And there remains for my I quality, which glorifies all others and makes the humblest man a . ln, **da ■ reverence and adored, and that one quality. Is courage. The great l lordliest thing In human nature. •I do not mean to call the bruto strength which makes a tun 1 fight courage. I do not call the stubborn pride that will not yield .J * !ls 1 1 wrong by such a splendid name, or the savage temper that runs m&dT ” '* I dangers ready .to rend and hurt without a cause. Courage i 8 B IW * I than that It Is a forgetfulness of self. The flame that lights the Spirit of a man who gives his life for his .1 I that makes him scorn a lie because It Is a thing too base to make a t.arrlrl’ I him between death and life. A man who fights for a good cause and flrhuaJ the end; who loves his life,but will part with it If need be without at,. tr protest; who will love as he fights, and dare all perils for his lady's favoTkS not less popular now than he was In the brave days of old, even thumb I melstorstngers have forgotten to praise him. | We women folks have learned to prate of peace. But never believe w|] we are sincere In It! We say we have done with war and Its horrors we are la training to become a nation of lotus eaters. But even as wt>'n3| comes news that bluff old lion-hearted Prank Baldwin has by a deed of heroism cut off the arm of rebellion In the Philippines, and that the stars general have fallen in recompense on his shoulders and we forget our uiwJ of peace and cry In our feminine treble: "Hurrah for Baldwin.” j But I did not mean to speak of thoso who have chosen war ns their ntg|J| slon; they are not the only "captains courageous.” livery fireman who n.-l himself Into a burning building Is as brave as the bravest soldier; the locaJ| tire engineer, the stokers, who literally go down to sea In shifts, and In tJ3 scorching air of the furnaces, just over the heat and whirl of the waters, rri|)c,| themselves for the safety of those unknown and unknowing ones who under God's open sky until the voyage Is done, are as bravo as any of tb* i laureled heroes of the world. I honestly believe that courage carries a train of other virtues with k j That n brave man Is always more kind, more simple and honorable thin i| coward, and that a fighter embodies more lovable characteristics In himself 1 than can bo found In a whole arbitration committee. It Is the quality for conquest, snd all other virtues pale before rournge. •> But if women like to have brave men take their hearts captive they in j equally anxious to rear bravo sons to dp their Inmbapds honor. Tho Spartan women taught their little warriors to take their first steptfcj the sound and measure of battle pipes and the same pride In prowess Is In th i heart of mothers today. They rejoice In courage whether It is manifested In i soldierly disregard over a cut finger or a heroic willingness to go to bed Inthl dark. And tho wee chap who hides his curly head under the quilts and does not I whimper or cry out when the shadows stretch long fingers on the wall, and hi ‘‘seeln’ things at night” deserves a place among the heroes 1 have mentioned. Little evidence of courage are very precious to mothers. A year ago thre* | women and a child walked on a lonely southern mountain, They were busy; gathering flowers, when suddenly one looked up and after a moment's startM i pause gave a cry and lied with the others after her. The path was blocked bf a flerce-looklng razorbacked hog, black, gaunt and probably barmless. Butt bear would not have liecn more terrible. The boy was not three years old, and bis head was as yellow as a dandelion, but as his protectors fled he called reassuringly: "Don’t be 'frald. I'll take care of oo!” and catching up a twig of azalli ho advanced, charged and routed tho enemy. It was a little thing. The other i woman smiled, well pleased. But tho mother woman sank on her kneea, and, j with hor hero In ner arms, crushed against her breast, thanked God that He | had given her a bravo son, and she went down the mountain as though It had been the way of glory. Silly 7 Well, maybe! TUBERCULOSIS IS CURABLE. By Dr. H. M. Biggs, New York’s Health Officer. TUBERCULOSIS Is Infectious and communicable, but a tuberculosis patient may live In the same room, tor days or years, with a healthy person without danger to tho latter, If proper precaution! are taken. The chief danger Is from bacilli thrown out from the respiratory tract. In advanced cases os many as three thousand millions are thrown out In a single day. They are Inhaled as dust, and lodge lu dlfferen tracts In tho system. If conditions are favorable to growth they there. But the general Insusceptibility to tuberculosis Is very great, only at certain times and under certain conditions that a largo propo of persons are susceptible. . Tuberculosis is absolutely preventable and Us proventahllHy Is 6mp putting Into effect simple rules of conduct. It is a question solely of scrp ous cleanliness In regard to expect oration and disinfection of surroun which have once housed the disease. It Is not only preventable, but curable. It Is tho most Inslduous ol diseases. A specialist may declare no Indications of It whatever and In • few weeks It may be manifest to any one. When there Is any question examination Is not enough. Where a cough continues for more than sti eight weeks. In a largo majority of cases, there Is back of that roil* * tuberculosis focus. When any one talks to you about chronic bronchitis continued colds mane up your mind that In a majority of cases a tubercu focus Is back of It. ben is the time to establish this fact, for then It I® cM curable; later It may not be. WHO PEOPLEDAMERICi! By Charles Hallock. HE primeval peoples of both North and South America ■J| from a civilization of high degree which occupied the equatorial belt some 10,000 years ago, while the glacial s was otlll on. Population spread northward as the Ice r* ceded Routes of exodus diverging from tho central point of parUuro arc plainly marked by ruins und records. Tho subsequent tlcments In Mexico, Arizona, Now Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and California cate the successive stages of advance, as well as the persistent struggle 1° maintain the ancient civilization against reversion and the catastrophes of ture. The varying architecture of the valleys, cliffs, and mesas l an Int® 1 * Hide expression of the exigencies which stimulated the bulLors. The gradual distribution of population over the higher latitudes in after-years was suppl* mented by accretions from Europe and northern Asia centuries before th® coping of Columbus. Wars and reprisals wore the natural and Inevitable re suits of a mixed and degenerating population with different dialects. mounds which cover the mld-contlnental areas. Isolated and In groups, toll tM story thereof. The Korean Immigration of the year 844, historically cited, which led to tho founding of the Mexican Empire In 1326, was but an Inc dental contribution to tho growing population of North America. So s were the very much earlier migrations from central America across the Oiw of Mexico. Radical Hydrophobia Cure. Railroad Commissioner Ashley W. Cole was In reminiscent mood as he sat In the "Amen Corner” at the Fifth Avonuo Hotel. Just a little worried today,” he re* marked to a New York Times reporter. A little girl, a relative of mine was bitten on the arm by a dog In Flat bush on Saturday. The wound has been cauterized, and 1 expect no 111 effects. But the incident reminds me of something that befell my aunt. Car oline Houghton, more than fifty years ago. "She was the belle of the country side whore she lived, and When sev enteen years old was bitteii by a dog so severely that her cheek was torn open and she could pass her tongue through the wound. I “Doctors wore called, and is time the Injury appeared to have h But about two years later _ bln developed and she went Into vulslons. ~.4 "Near by was a lake. She throe brothers—William. Oil* Henry. They seized her. carrlod to the water, and forcibly hJM under the surface and nearly her several times. “Their action saved her life, married and raised a family* often thought of presenting ooe> In her case to scientists. * . It seems to mer worthy of on tlon.” Thirty years ago In Japan Of "J| tures were printed secretly ■** sent out after dark. J*a st ,e were circulated In Japan o v '- t)00 copies.